Space News Archive
06 November 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Most of the carbon dioxide from Mars' formerly thick atmosphere was lost to space billions of years ago, meaning the greenhouse gas cannot be accessed to help warm the planet up again.
05 November 2015, 05:48 PM ET
The first astronauts to set foot on Mars may be in for a spectacular sight — the entire night sky filled with glowing auroras.
05 November 2015, 03:16 PM ET
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft completed the last of four trajectory-altering engine burns Wednesday (Nov. 4) and is now on course to a small body called 2014 MU69, which lies more than 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto.
05 November 2015, 02:01 PM ET
New results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft suggest that Mars lost most of its atmosphere — which had kept the Red Planet relatively warm and allowed it to support liquid surface water — to space about 3.7 billion years ago.
05 November 2015, 02:01 PM ET
NASA's MAVEN mission has measured the speed and direction of ions escaping from Mars as a result solar winds crashing into the planet.
05 November 2015, 12:15 PM ET
On Oct. 6th, 1995, the reported discovery of jupiter-like exoplanet 51 Pegasi b catalyzed serious scientific quests for another Earth-like world.
05 November 2015, 10:42 AM ET
The European Space Agency's ExoMars 2018 rover was tested in the Netherlands on Oct. 28th and 29th, 2015. The rover was commanded to roll off its mock-up landing platform by mission controllers located at their command center hundreds of miles away.
05 November 2015, 10:12 AM ET
05 November 2015, 09:30 AM ET featured the art of mathematician and cosmologist Ed Belbruno in a gallery showing at New York's Café Minerva — and, next door, hosted a panel discussion probing science, art and the origin of inspiration.
05 November 2015, 07:45 AM ET
A new sci-fi TV show is coming this December and it's good. Like really, REALLY good.
05 November 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Earth's chemical composition is drastically different from that of the rocks that helped to form the planet. Now, scientists think they may know why: The constant pummeling that formed Earth may have altered its composition.
05 November 2015, 07:45 AM ET
NASA has now posted new photos of the ill-fated October 2014 Antares launch on its Flickr page — just a week or so after the agency released the results of its investigation into the failure.
04 November 2015, 05:40 PM ET
Meteors, popularly called "shooting stars," are much more common than most people think. In fact, there's a display going on now - courtesy of the Taurid meteor shower — if you know when and where to look.
04 November 2015, 04:14 PM ET
As of Nov. 2, "Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales" has finished its madcap five-episode race through the "Star Wars" story as told from R2-D2's and C-3PO's perspective.
04 November 2015, 03:19 PM ET
Dark matter particles may have interacted often with normal matter long ago, when the universe was very hot, a new study suggests.
04 November 2015, 02:00 PM ET
NASA announced today (Nov. 4) that it will be accepting applications starting in December for its next round of astronaut training.
04 November 2015, 01:32 PM ET
On Nov. 4th, 2015, the Sun 'spits' into space following a M3-class eruption. Earlier in the day the sunspot AR2445 blasted an M1.3 flare, spewing superheated plasma out and back onto itself.
04 November 2015, 01:26 PM ET
The first flight of an experimental launch system for small satellites ended in failure Nov. 3. The U.S. Air Force’s rail-launched Super Strypi rocket, packed with more than a dozen small satellites, roared toward the sky but failed less than a minute int
04 November 2015, 10:39 AM ET
The 'International Charter Space & Major Disasters', founded in 2000 by the European, French and Canadian space agencies, pools satellite imagery from multiple satellites with no expectation of return on investment.
04 November 2015, 09:52 AM ET
On Nov. 19th, the first quarter moon – one of the best times to see mountains and craters along the terminator – sets at midnight. The areas where humans walked: Apollo 11, 15, 16, 17 are pinpointed in this video.
04 November 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Hollywood has become dominated by blockbusters that recycle past stories, comics and previous films.
04 November 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Last month, Israel-based SpaceIL announced it had signed a deal to launch its lander to the moon aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the second half of 2017.
04 November 2015, 07:43 AM ET
For the first time ever, astronomers have used instruments onboard the world's largest airborne observatory to examine a massive planet beyond Earth's solar system.
04 November 2015, 07:39 AM ET
Recent observations of the gaps in protoplanetary disks surrounding nearby young stars may not be "proof"of the formation of exoplanets.
04 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The new BB-8 droid, which will feature in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in December, already has a high-tech mini-me or two — and Sphero's version in particular has a trick or two up its sleeve for when the movie comes out.
04 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The 2,000-foot-wide asteroid 2015 TB145 looked like a giant skull in radar images captured on Oct. 30. But the space rock is less haunting in newly released photos taken on Oct. 31, when 2015 TB145 cruised within 300,000 miles of Earth.
03 November 2015, 05:46 PM ET
A golden-green Aurora shines over Moraine Lake from Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
03 November 2015, 05:39 PM ET
The electric blue light around the edges of the small isles in this image are bioluminescence, radiating under the dazzling Milky Way in Maine. Astrophotographer Adam Woodworth took this image at the cliffs of Acadia National Park in Maine.
03 November 2015, 12:01 PM ET
Newfound lunar craters suggest that asteroids that smashed into the moon long ago were very different from the ones that now occupy the asteroid belt. Solving this mystery could shed light on the habitability of the early Earth, scientists say.
03 November 2015, 11:53 AM ET
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye "The Science Guy" came out for a daylong celebration of the 35-year anniversary of the Planetary Society, a space exploration advocacy organization.
03 November 2015, 11:50 AM ET
Although the bright planets disappear from the evening sky in November, the predawn hours feature a planetary parade. Here are some gorgeous planet-watching events to look for in the coming weeks.
03 November 2015, 08:25 AM ET
LEGO will not be producing a model of the International Space Station, having passed on the orbiting outpost in its most recent review of projects that are designed and supported by fans.